Volkswagen Touran review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Frugal engines, low road tax requirements and predictably strong residuals offset the Touran’s higher purchase price and modest equipment levels
Prices for the Touran start from around £24,500 and rise to more than £30,000, but we'd recommend sticking with a lower spec SE or SE Family - they offer just as much space as other models, but offer better value for money.
On the three engines – 1.5 TSI Evo, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI – where DSG is an alternative to the manual transmission, the automatic helps reduce emissions, although fuel economy remains largely unchanged.
The 1.0 TSI has claimed WLTP fuel economy of up to 41.5mpg, which isn’t bad for a small capacity, low output petrol engine in a big car. However, if you regularly load the car up with passengers or stuff, don't expect to get near that figure. Emissions are 128g/km. The 1.5 TSI Evo with its active cylinder shut-down system isn't far behind the 1.0 for economy, recording up to 39.8mpg with the manual gearbox and up to 38.7mpg with the DSG.
The diesels aren't as far ahead as they once were, but that's down to the new WLTP test, rather than any poorer performance from the engines themselves. The 1.6 TDI returns up to 51.4mpg and emissions of 120g/km as a manual, and 50.4mpg and 111g/km with the DSG transmission.
Starting with the 1.6 TDI in SE trim, the Touran in this spec sits in group 12. But the base 1.6 TDI S is in group 13, because it makes do with fewer driver assist and safety systems than the two plusher models.
It’s the same story for the 1.0 TSI, which as an SE or SE Family is in group 11, while the S equivalent is in 13. The 1.5 TSI Evo and 2.0 TDI diesels are all in group 17, irrespective of whether you choose SE, SEL or R-Design trim.
While MPVs aren't as desirable as some other types of family car, the Touran holds on to a respectable 39-43 per cent of its value after three years. That's probably down to the fact it's a VW, a badge that still holds appeal with buyers. In comparison, the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer manages 33-38 per cent and the Renault Grand Scenic is in the 38-41 per cent range, even though these two are arguably more versatile and stylish than the Touran.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen Touran reviewSubtle improvements across the board make the new Volkswagen Touran more impressive than ever
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe usual array of smooth and efficient turbocharged engines power the Touran, which is a comfortable cruiser
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingFrugal engines, low road tax requirements and predictably strong residuals offset the Touran’s higher purchase price and modest equipment levels
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Touran gets the modern Volkswagen family look outside and a comfier, smarter cabin within – plus sat-nav on top models
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceIt’s spacious and well thought-out inside, but the Touran has some useful equipment omitted from the standard spec sheets
- 6Reliability and SafetyTop Euro NCAP marks and added safety kit bolster the Touran’s appeal, but Driver Power results need to improve